Behind every gorgeous hairdo is an array of our trusty hair products. They’re the determining factor whether your hair stays in place all night long or if it falls flat before you even leave the house. But, how you apply your hair care really does matter. Can I put hair foam on dry hair? Is it too late to add styling products if my hair is dry?
We’ve got the answers to all your hairstyling Qs.
What’s The Deal With Applying Hair Products To Wet / Damp Hair?
If you’ve read the instructions on your hair care products, you’ll know that majority recommend applying the product to wet/damp hair. But does that mean soaking wet or towel-dried? And why does my hair have to be damp to apply my hair care?
If you’re applying products like a leave-in condition, or hydrating hair oil, you want your hair to be damp. That’s so the moisture-locking agent, I.E., the conditioner has moisture to seal into your hair follicles. When your hair is dry, there’s no moisture to lock in, so the product won’t be as effective.
As for how wet your hair should be when applying your hair care, it depends on your hair type!
If you have coarse, curly hair, it’s recommended that you apply your products as soon as you’ve stepped out of the shower. That way, you’ll lock in as much moisture as possible before your hair dries.
If you have finer hair, you can slightly towel dry your locks before slathering on the leave-in conditioner. But make sure you use a gentle microfiber towel on your hair to prevent frizz and breakage.
So we know moisturize-locking agents should be applied to wet/damp hair to be effective. But what about styling products like hair foam, moose, and texture sprays?
Can I Put Hair Foam On Dry Hair?
So, you forgot to apply your hair foam to damp hair, and now you’re frantically wondering, can I put hair foam on dry hair?!
Most hair foams are intended for damp hair. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your hair foam on dry hair when you’re in a pinch.
If you’re applying hair foam to dry hair, make sure you use it sparingly. If you overdo it, it may cause the hair to stiffen and end up crunchy.
We recommend flipping your head upside down and applying the foam to your roots to add volume. Make sure to spread it through thoroughly and avoid adding it to the ends of your hair as they’re more susceptible to looking stiff.
Alternatively, you can spritz your hair with water before applying the foam, then finish up your look by giving your hair a quick blow-dry. Be aware – more hair foam isn’t always better. Too much moose can weigh down your hair, causing it to look flat and lifeless. Less is more in this case!
Hair Styling Products You Can Use On Dry Hair
If you forget to apply your leave-in treatment sans shower, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of the best hair products you can use on dry locks.
This Sheamoisture Daily Hydration Styling Gel can be used on both damp and dry hair! It adds volume and lifts hair while hydrating with nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and coconut milk. Use this styling gel to achieve natural waves and curls by scrunching in the gel from the ends upwards towards the scalp. Or, for straight, sleek hair, use the gel to smooth down flyaways with your fingers or a brush.
Redken’s Thermal Setting Mist is a must-have for protecting hair from heat damage from your hot tools. Just spritz it on your dry hair before you go in with your blow-dryer or straightener. Not only does it protect from heat up to 450F/232C, but it also works to lock in shape all day long.
Seriously, what would we do without dry shampoo? It’s truly a lifesaver for those lazy days or rushed mornings. Our go-to is the Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo by Living Proof. It thoroughly cleans hair by removing oil, odor, and sweat. Plus, it conditions the hair adding softness and shine. Tip: remember to massage the product into your scalp, so you’re not left with any residue.
L’ange Hair Sea Salt Spray adds texture, body, and volume to lifeless hair. With a spritz of this salt spray, you can boast the “just got back from the beach” look every day. It’s enriched with botanicals like sea salt, sea kelp, and algae to nourish and repair. The bonus? It protects hair from UV damage and stops your color from fading.
Finally, a hair oil that doesn’t have to be applied to damp hair! Loved by celebs and hair gurus alike, this Ouai Hair Oil will be your go-to for taming frizz and hydrating dry hair. The oil adds serious shine and works well for both straight and curly locks. It’s the perfect hair product to keep in your bag in case of hair emergencies.
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray makes sure your do’ stays in place all day long. Use it to hold waves or curls, or spritz it on your hair before braiding to keep your braid in place! The best part is, there’s no sticky residue and absolutely no flaking. Thank goodness.
Can I Put Hair Foam On Dry Hair? Care For & Style Dry Locks
Yes, a lot of hair products work best when applied to damp hair. BUT, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your haircare if your hair’s dry!
We recommend keeping a hair spray bottle filled with water on deck, so you can use your hair care at any time. After all, who wants to wash their hair every day?! No, thank you.
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